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A Classic Prine Performance On DVD For The First Time!

For 35 years, John Prine has been writing, singing and recording amazing music. From his self-titled debut album in 1971 to his recent Grammy Award-winning Fair And Square, he is a true songwriting hero to his fans and peers. Discovered by Kris Kristofferson and covered by everyone from the Everly Brothers and Dwight Yoakam, to Bette Midler and 10,000 Maniacs, his original sound and affecting lyrics have given him a kind of stature and longevity uncommon in the music world.

John Prine's appearance on the prestigious PBS concert series Soundstage, offers his fans a real treasure. Included in his set list are the early classics "Angel From Montgomery" and "Hello In There," as well as songs from his signature album, Bruised Orange. We also get a rare and intimate look at John in his hometown of Maywood, Illinois, where he takes us to the actual scene of "The Accident," and then, to the back porch of his childhood home, where he performs "Paradise" and "How Lucky." All of this, plus performances with special guest Billy Lee Riley, document the authentic and natural genius of this singer-songwriter.

Performances:

Automobile
Spanish Pipedream
Fish And Whistle
Angel From Montgomery
The Accident (Things Could Be Worse)
Ubangi Stomp
Hello In There
Paradise
No Name Girl (featuring Billy Lee Riley)
Red Hot (featuring Billy Lee Riley)
Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow)
Saigon
How Lucky

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JBXHWI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,390 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

I saw this in the early 80's on PBS, and thought at the time it was great.
A. Pugh
My only disappointment with this dvd is that the sound quality is good but not great, so it might not get played as much as I'd like.
John
A great sounding show and excellent performance from all involved, heart-wrenching at times and belly-laugh inducing at others.
Stephen F. Leblanc

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen F. Leblanc on March 26, 2007
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A great sounding show and excellent performance from all involved, heart-wrenching at times and belly-laugh inducing at others.

The DVD authoring isn't fancy but it all works.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John on April 11, 2007
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I saw this soundstage show when it first aired in 1980 and loved it. His backup band with John Burns is fantastic. My only disappointment with this dvd is that the sound quality is good but not great, so it might not get played as much as I'd like. i recognize that it's 27 years old, but as a comparison, Neil Young's Live at Massey Hall is 36 years old and that sound quality is fantastic. Go figure. Still a thumbs up and all true Prine fans should have it in their library.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank James on April 3, 2007
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This is vintage Prine and I was definitely excited when I saw the announcement of the DVD release. However the video quality of the copy I bought is extremely poor with excessive dropout and lots of video noise. I've had a copy of this program which was recorded off the air on VHS 25 years ago and the quality is as good as this official DVD release.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 7Turns on January 31, 2009
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There are glimpses of the possibility of a great video of a great artist, but to my regret, most of it is lost in a very poor sound mix. There is only one other DVD of a Prine performance that I am aware of, so I purchased this with great expectations. Perhaps someone will "find" the sound and reissue this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RIZZO _*.*_ VINE VOICE on December 11, 2007
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John Prine is a storyteller!! But if the sound is not clear, you miss too much. Other that poor sound quality, John Prine takes the viewer on a tour of his hometown in Maywood, Illinois. He drives around and points out the incidents in his life that prompted his lyrics. The concert stage performances are good.
A guest star Billy Lee Riley joins him onstage and doing an old hit, Red Hot. And there is a lot of music here, picture is clear, and I will reiterate.....without good sound, you do John Prine no justice!!

Try this great performance as Iris Dement joins John Prine. John Prine - Live from Sessions at West 54th

Rizzo.
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I saw this program on TV when it was first broadcast, and when it came out on DVD I knew I wanted to see it again.

As we know, Mr. Prine had an interest in rockabilly at this time, and not soon after released the album "Pink Cadillac," which featured rockabilly (and country) songs. This would explain the presence of the great Billy Lee Riley on several songs.

The performances are wonderful. I especially loved the backyard guitar-picking session that featured Mr. Prine and his brother, and the visit to the corner where "The Accident" took place.

My only criticism is that the sound quality on the DVD is not great. That is unfortunate, but if you love John Prine's music, you'll still love the show.

Trivia: The morning after I saw the show was the day that I was obliged to register for the draft; it was in the summer of 1980 that draft registration was revived. I remember the chorus of the John Prine song "Fish and Whistle" going through my head at the post office that day.
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The legendary Country-Folk artist has a real showcase here: a respectfully produced live show and documentary. We even get a '51 Ford!
Concert songs include "Automobile", "Angel From Montgomery", "Hello In There", and two with the great Rockabilly Billy Lee Riley, who duets with JP on "No Name Girl" and his (shoulda-been million-seller at the time) "Red Hot". This Sun Records exponent does his '50s thing - too bad he didn't contribute some harmonica, especially on "No Name Girl", a Bo Diddley beat (it's been written that BLR contributed to a Bo l.p., way back when).
John takes us back home in Illinois, to the backyard where he listened to Country sounds as a kid. With his original 1950s radio set on the back steps, he reminisces about his family and how he got started in music. Probably his best vocals are done right there, "Paradise" and "How Lucky" - his voice was a bit tired on stage, but his *music* is no less compelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Syverson on April 6, 2009
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I saw John Prine's Soundstage performance back in the day. I'm thrilled to have it in my collection.
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